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The Peninsula Clubhouse Grand Opening

By Ali Baker, in Uncategorized

In case you missed it, The Peninsula homeowners welcomed a new addition at the end of 2016, their brand new clubhouse!

The stunning architectural beauty has been the belle of the ball so to speak for the past few months, as homeowners, prospects and employees have admired the progress of the state-of-the-art 33,000 square-foot clubhouse. Now that the clubhouse is officially complete, it’s fitting to throw a grand opening celebration and personalized tour of the community’s focal point.

So what makes this clubhouse so special (and celebration-worthy)? For starters, the clubhouse features an awe-inspiring architectural design that embodies the gracious character of The Peninsula. If you’ve ever driven through The Peninsula, the first words out of your mouth were probably, ‘wow.’ We tout The Peninsula as one-of-a-kind because it truly is one-of-a-kind. The clubhouse was designed to tie closely to that one-of-a-kind, first-class Peninsula lifestyle while providing a welcoming place for friends and family to gather. The interior space features a wine room, fine dining, banquet space, wood burning pizza oven, billiard room, locker rooms, premier golf shop, and interactive HD golf simulator. Plus, let’s not forget the veranda, which wraps around the back of the building, providing residents with an alfresco seating area with a fireplace and views of both the golf course and the Indian River Bay. In addition, the event lawn will accommodate large parties of up to 800 people. ‘Wow’ indeed!

Interested in a tour? You’re in luck because the Clubhouse Grand Opening is this Saturday, February 18, 11am-3pm. But until then, here’s a few teaser shots for your enjoyment:





Exploring Delaware’s 55+ Communities

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

 

The benefits of choosing Coastal Delaware for retirement are endless, ranging from the area’s ideal location, to its mild climate, to the healthy and active lifestyle. If you’re eager to stay close to family and friends, while enjoying an active retirement and fulfilling a lifelong dream of living at the beach, than Delaware should be at the top of your list. What’s more, there are plenty of communities catered to the 55+ crowd, be it a strictly 55+ community or a community boasting all of the amenities you’re looking for.

Location

Bordering Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, Delaware residents enjoy close proximity to some of the East Coast’s major cities, including Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New York, and Baltimore. Closer to home, the Mid-Atlantic location means that temperatures are mild, particularly when compared to the blustery winters of the Northeast. Summers at the beach are a far-cry from the heat waves in Florida, with fall following closely behind with gorgeous autumnal weather. And with water as far as the eye can see, there are plenty of water activities to enjoy. In fact, Delaware has roughly 26-miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, 25 miles of Delaware Bay coastline, and 115 miles of inland bay shoreline. At the Delaware beaches, you can retire in the coveted Rehoboth beach zip code, relish in the quiet of Bethany Beach (a.k.a the Quiet Resorts), position yourself closer to Ocean City, or opt for the full 55+ community treatment in Millsboro, just a short drive from the beaches.

Tax Benefits

Certainly the most lucrative advantages of retiring in Delaware – no matter which community you choose –  are the tax benefits. Property taxes are among the lowest in the nation in Delaware, with property taxes on a 2,000 square-foot home in Delaware averaging $125/month – that’s less than 10% of the tax on an equivalent home in New Jersey. In addition to enjoying some of the nation’s lowest property taxes, you’ll also capitalize on the fact there is no sales tax, no tax on social security benefits, and no inheritance tax. Homeowners 65 and older get a credit equal to half of the school property taxes, up to $500. With all of your savings, imagine the possibilities!

Healthy Lifestyle

Delaware proudly touts top-rate healthcare at Beebe Medical Center. The region’s close proximity to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. also positions residents within a short drive to some of the nation’s best hospitals, including Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Jefferson University Hospital, and the National Institutes of Health.

Delaware living also lends itself to an active lifestyle, with miles upon miles of beaches, trails, and parks to hike, bike, jog and explore. Many of our communities also offer indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centers, tennis and/or pickleball courts, basketball courts, walking trails, and golf courses. Plus, easy access to Delaware’s numerous state parks and biking trails.

Vibrant Lifestyle

Whether you are new to Delaware or have lived here for years, chances are there is a restaurant, local shop, historical site, or small town waiting to be explored and enjoyed. The vibrant communities of Southern Delaware keep its 55+ residents endlessly entertained. Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Milton, Bridgeville, Millsboro…Delaware’s towns are ideal for active retirement. Plus, award-winning restaurants, quaint shops, and a wide variety of local festivals that keep locals busy year-round.

Beach Living

There is nothing quite like the relaxed lifestyle that comes with beach living. Even with a wide array of activities to keep residents busy, the pace is decidedly relaxed in Coastal Delaware, with a true love for enjoying life’s little moments (like those stunning sunrises and sunsets along the beaches and bays). With communities situated in Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach, and Fenwick Island, and with others just a short drive from the local beaches, how near or far your home is from the beach is entirely up to you.

 

New to Delaware or a seasoned pro, the entire state is studded with retirement and 55+ communities to call home. In Southern Delaware, the tax benefits will certainly draw you in, but it’s the area’s close access to the water, peaceful surroundings, active lifestyle, and quaint towns that you’ll fall in love with over and over again.

Giving Feels Awesome: The Story Behind our Christmas Story

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

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By now, most of you probably realize that Christmas is our favorite time of year. From our holiday billboards, to decorating our model homes, to our Christmas ads, we start thinking Christmas as soon as the sun sets on the summer season. What many of you might not realize, however, is that all of our holiday ads – including our beloved Christmas commercials – are produced entirely in-house. From idea to execution, this year’s Christmas story was a labor of love.

According to the mastermind behind our latest Christmas commercial, Pat Gallagher, the video was born from a desire to tell the true story of the holiday season…the story of giving. “I knew I wanted to tell a story about selflessness and giving. I narrowed in on bikes because they’re more than just a new toy for a kid, they symbolize independence, freedom, mobility…it’s a status symbol for kids before they can drive. It also tied in nicely with our holiday incentive that encouraged homeowners to bring in new bikes to be donated to Toys for Tots.” We ended up with hundreds of brand new bikes for this year’s toy drive. “We actually ended up donating the bike we used for the commercial to the drive, it was a no-brainer,” Pat noted.

After dedicating a few hours to research and brainstorming, Pat came up with the idea for what would later become the focal point of our holiday season and what we’ve come to know as, ‘Giving Feels Awesome.’ “The goal was to mislead the viewer at first so that they would think that this is just a typical kid that wants a shiny new bike for Christmas. I wanted the viewer to think he was motivated by his own selfish desire; then later you realize that it’s actually for his friend that doesn’t have a bike. Now they can ride around together.”

Story fully in-tact, the next step was finding the props, location, and the actors, and like all aspects of our marketing, we wanted to keep everything entirely local. Enter, Clear Space Theatre Company. “We always try to reach out to our theatre contacts to cast roles. I knew this story required some serious talent, so we knew where to turn.” Interestingly enough, Pat credits his passion for video and storytelling to Clear Space, where he used to do shows as a kid. “It was my first dive into the realm of storytelling. I began to realize I wasn’t cut out for being on the stage; but still had a creative urge, and a passion for stories. Later, I found my place behind the camera.”

All of the actors in the video are local, including a few cameos from some Schell employees. “The kids were great,” said Pat. “They were more than capable of carrying out the actions and emotions we wanted them to.”

In addition to the actors, all of the locations and props were locally based, including the coveted bike, which we purchased from our friend George at All Wheels and shot in the window of Christmas Spirit in Rehoboth. As for the shots of the boys riding their bikes, what better place than Lewes! With its colonial houses, classic-looking sidewalks, and heavily tree-lined streets, it was perfect. Having lived in Lewes since he was born, it’s easy to see where Pat’s vision and inspiration came from.

Of course, once filming has wrapped, the magic has only just begun. Selecting the perfect music, bringing the story to life, and taking the original 1:28 version and condensing it to television-friendly 30-second and 60-second formats was a labor of love, but well worth the labor when the final product hit television and social media. “We decided to not let the time limit dictate the story; instead we started with the full version, then worked it back into the TV versions. The full one is obviously our favorite,” Pat explained.

328 shares and 75,931 views on Facebook later, a celebration was in order, so we invited the kids from the shoot to the Schell office to meet Chris, take a tour of the office, and watch the video over pizza and sodas. “We got to have a conversation with the kids and their families about the process of turning this story into a reality,” says Pat. All the actors walked away with some Schell swag and their monetary compensation, which one of the girls generously decided to donate while serving her volunteer shift as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army! Just another testament to the true spirit of Christmas…

GIVING. FEELS. AWESOME.

 

We hope you enjoyed our Christmas Story, but more importantly we hope it inspired you to remember the simple joy of giving.

 

Welcome to a Healthier Living Environment

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

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Imagine if you could have a home that promises a healthy living environment for you and your family. With the Environmental Protection Agency ranking indoor air quality as one of the greatest but least recognized risks to public health, the promise of a healthy home is one that we take very seriously.

Why Does My Home Need to be ‘Healthy’?

If you or a family member has respiratory health problems (think asthma or chronic coughs) then you probably already know that these conditions are made worse by poor indoor air quality. What’s more, poor air quality is estimated to cause thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of health problems each year, particularly among children and the elderly. Many existing homes (and even some new homes) contain materials that emit harmful chemical pollutants such as mold and bacteria.

What is SanctuAIR?

SanctuAIR is the technology we use at Schell Brothers to ensure a healthier living environment. By using features such as MERV 14 air filters, low VOC materials, fresh air ventilation, and advanced moisture and humidity management, we were able to create a home that you can proudly call your health sanctuary.

Did You Know?

Schell was honored with EPA’s 2015 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award, which recognizes elite home builders and Home Energy Raters participating in the Indoor airPLUS Program. Selected from more than 700 home builders that have joined the program since it started in 2009, we were one of just 8 builders across the nation to receive this award.

Quick Facts

  • A typical residential air filter is less than MERV 5 and removes only large particles from the air. Schell Brothers homes use MERV 14 filters, which remove almost all the harmful particles in the air. In fact, MERV 14 filters are rated high enough to be used in hospitals.
  • The blown-in insulation used in Schell Brothers homes is formaldehyde free, non-combustible, non-corrosive, and moisture resistant.
  • A third party conducts a blower door test on each of our homes to measure the effectiveness of our draft-stopping, allowing us to identify and correct any deficiencies.
  • A variable speed air handler is also much more effective at removing humidity from the air, which not only improves comfort, but reduces problems caused by moisture such as mold. Some systems can remove as much as 24 gallons of moisture per day from a home!
  • Our crawl spaces are actually healthy spaces, with no outside vents, are insulated, and conditioned by the HVAC system, resulting in a healthy environment.

Interested in learning more? Just visit: http://schellbrothers.com/why-choose-schell/schellter-advantage/sanctuair/

 

Home for the Holidays: Celebrating Christmas at the Beach

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

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The holidays are in full swing, and at the Delaware beaches that means our favorite light displays, Christmas parades and holiday happenings are back…and arguably better than ever! It’s a busy month for those of you who love the holiday season as much as we do, and in just the blink of an eye the ball will be dropping and we’ll be celebrating the new year so now is the time to don your Santa hats, hit the holiday party circuit, and let your days be merry and bright.

Christmas Tour of Lewes – December 3, 10am-4pm 

One of Lewes’s most beloved traditions returns this weekend, promising a full day of Christmas cheer in Downtown Lewes. The 43rd Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes is hosted by The Lewes Historical Society and gives you the unique chance to enjoy the historic homes decorated for the holiday season. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of – proceeds benefit The Lewes Historical Society.

Lewes Christmas Parade – December 3, 5pm-6:30pm

Leading our local holiday parade circuit is the annual Lewes Christmas Parade, which will celebrate it’s 85th year this Saturday, December 5 starting at 5pm. Bundle up, grab some hot chocolate, and meet us in Historic Downtown Lewes for a an extra helping of holiday magic. The parade begins on Savannah Road at Sussex Drive and will end in front of King’s Ice Cream Shop on Second Street.

Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade – December 6, 6:30pm

The holiday fun continues on Tuesday, December 6 for the annual Rehoboth Christmas Parade. A beloved tradition for our team, look for our Schell Brothers float at both the Lewes and Rehoboth parades!

Winter WonderFEST – November 18 – January 1

Taking place entirely in Lewes, Winter WonderFEST features a Light Spectacular and a Christmas Village. The Christmas Village, which is located on the Cape May-Lewes Terminal Grounds, includes carnival rides and amusements, an ice skating rink, crafts and activities at Santa’s Workshop (along with the man himself of course), and special events and concerts. Over at Cape Henlopen State Park, you’ll find the 2-mile drive-thru holiday light show, complete with 60 dazzling light displays and an in-car scavenger hunt.

Stuff the Bus – December 1 – December 8

There are countless opportunities for giving back this holiday season, but here at Schell Brothers, we’re ramping up our efforts by partnering with Eagle 97.7 for our 4th Annual Stuff the Bus event. From December 1-December 8, 8am-5pm, Eagle 97.7 will be out front of our main office in Rehoboth collecting unwrapped toys, bikes, gifts cards, and cash. Last year, we collected 16,000 toys & 238 bicycles, and filled 48 Toys for Tots boxes, but we’re confident we can top that this year with your help!

Bethany Beach Holiday Happenings – December 3, 1pm-3pm

In Bethany Beach, the holiday season will officially begin this Saturday with their annual Holiday Happenings, which includes a party with Santa at Town Hall from 1pm-3pm, trolley, tractor & horse wagon rides from 1pm-4pm, and the 2nd annual tree lighting at 5pm.

 

Defining “Ultra Energy Efficient” Homes

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

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At Schell Brothers, the words ‘ultra energy efficient’ and ‘Schellter Advanced Building Science’ are used quite often; after all, we are in the business of building a healthier, more comfortable living environment. But while we may be fluent in energy efficiency, we also understand that not everyone comes to the home buying process with a full understanding of HERS Scores, variable speed air handlers, or VOCs. Friends, welcome to your crash course in Schellter Advanced Building Science.

What is Schellter Advanced Building Science?

At Schell Brothers, we’re always innovating, which is why we decided to team up with one of the top building science firms in the country to create homes that are leaps and bounds ahead of other new homes in the market today. The goal was to create a new type of home – one that meets three main objectives:

  1. Eliminates health risks associated with most homes to ensure your family is safe (and happy!).
  2. Operates with ultra energy efficiency to save you money (and grant you peace of mind).
  3. Provides unparalleled durability, longevity, and strength (plus the security of a lifelong home).

But is it Worth it?

It’s OK, you can ask this question! We hear it all the time and we are happy to report that Schellter actually pays for itself three times over. In addition, the features Schellter boasts will significantly boost the resale value of a Schell Brothers home.

SanctuAIR. Enerwize. 4Tress.

When you build a Schell Brothers home, you’ll become familiar with these three terms, as they make up the backbone of Schellter. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to each as we move through the Schellter blog series, but for now, here’s the breakdown:

  1. SanctuAIR: ensures a healthy environment.
  2. Enerwize: helps you save energy and money.
  3. 4Tress: means your home is built tough to stand the test of time.

Pretty simple, right? Well, there’s a little more to it than that (alright, alright, A LOT more to it) but we’ll save the details and specifics for next time.

Did You Know?

In recent years, comparative risk studies performed by the EPA and it’s Science Advisory Board have consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health.*

EPA studies show that the concentration levels of many air pollutants are on average two to five times worse indoors than outdoors. Further, the EPA estimates that the average American spends 90% of their time indoors.

Bringing Happiness Home

The truth is, we really are committed to providing a healthier, more comfortable and efficient living environment. The kind of home that we would choose for our own families to live in for years to come. But what does that mean for you? It means it’s time to Save. Breathe. Relax. Smile. 

 

Up next in the series…SanctuAIR!

 

 

*Source: EPA

 

 

 

Delaware Welcomes Winter WonderFEST

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

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Halloween may still be fresh on our minds– after all, it was only yesterday – and we may still be binging on Halloween candy (and quite possibly still in costume), but nevertheless, the spirit of Christmas is hot on our heels! Christmas magic runs strong at Schell Brothers, so brace yourselves for a whole lot of cheer over the next 55 days. Our model homes are being magically transformed into miniature versions of Santa’s workshop and our Christmas billboards are being hung with care, but what really has us ramped up for the holiday season is the debut of Winter WonderFEST!

The kickoff to the holiday spectacular is just a few weeks away, at which point we’ll lace up our running shoes and hit the snow (well, not really but one can dream) for the Dashing Through the Snow Fun Walk and 5K. This is your chance to get up close with the Light Spectacular, which features over 60 light displays. You’ll also gain entry to the Opening Night Party at Crooked Hammock. The race will take place at Cape Henlopen State Park at 6pm on November 18. To register click here.

As for the full lineup for Winter WonderFEST, which runs from the kickoff event on November 18 until January 1, there are plenty of chances to revel in the holiday magic. Taking place entirely in Lewes, Winter WonderFEST features a Light Spectacular and a Christmas Village. The Christmas Village, which is located on the Cape May-Lewes Terminal Grounds, will include carnival rides and amusements, an ice skating rink, crafts and activities at Santa’s Workshop (along with the man himself of course), and special events and concerts. Over at Cape Henlopen State Park, you’ll find the 2-mile drive-thru holiday light show, complete with 60 dazzling light displays and an in-car scavenger hunt!

Perhaps our favorite part of Winter WonderFEST is the fact that the the event was engineered to generate funding for the various non-profits that serve the residents and visitors of Sussex County. Winter WonderFEST is produced by a newly established non-profit, Festival of Cheer Inc., whose mission this holiday season is to spread a little holiday magic, provide a family-friendly event, and bolster our area non-profits. Isn’t that what the holidays are all about? Good will and holiday cheer?? We sure think so!

For more information on Winter WonderFEST, the Dashing Through the Snow Fun Walk and 5K, or Festival of Cheer, Inc., visit wonderfestde.org.

Halloween Happenings in Delaware

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

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Halloween may have hit the WalMart shelves in August, but we like to wait until the month of October is actually in full swing before we go hard on Halloween fun. Halloween is just a few weeks away so it’s definitely time to carve those pumpkins, put the finishing touches on those costumes, scare your beloved, and revel in all the frightful fun that is Halloween. From pumpkin picking to screaming your head off, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this month in Delaware:

Screams at the Beach

When: Every Friday & Saturday in October 13, 2016

Where: 22518 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Georgetown, DE

“6 years of fears, 6 alarming attractions, 6 acres you will never forget.” That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg over at Screams at the Beach in Georgetown, there’s also hayrides, haunted houses, the Woods of Terror, Fright Maze, and even Zombie Paintball. If you’re a Halloween-fanatic, this is your venue. And if you love a good fright fest, it’s a must-do this October.

Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers Festival

When: Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30

Where: Downtown Rehoboth Beach (various locations)

It’s the 27th year for the annual Sea Witch Festival and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year’s festivities. Rehoboth Beach turns into Halloween headquarters for three-full days, with costume parades (and that includes a costume pet parade too my friends), an incredible array of activities for the kids, crafts & merchandise, food vendors, and more, including the fiddler’s convention! This is definitely an event that caters to all ages.

Frightland

When: See calendar for official dates

Where: 309 Port Penn Road, Middletown, Delaware

This one is for our friends in Middletown, but it’s well worth the drive no matter where you are in Delaware (or Maryland for that matter). Celebrating its 20th year, Frightland features 8 unique and terrifying haunted attractions, and was named a “Scariest Haunted Attraction in America” by Forbes, Huffington Post, and Travel Channel.

Fall Fest at Fifer Orchards

When: Every Saturday in October

Where: Farm & Country Store; 1919 Allabands Mill Road Camden-Wyoming, Delaware

You may know Fifer’s from the market café in Dewey Beach, but the real deal is at their Farm & Country Store just west of Dover where you’ll find a massive selection of pumpkins and gourds, along with fresh produce, u-pick apples, and those irresistible apple cider doughnuts. Make the trip on a Saturday this month and enjoy the annual Fall Fest, which includes a corn maze fun park, hayrides, tractor train, pony rides, u-pick apples, u-pick pumpkins, food & games, and more!

Parsons Farms Produce

When: October 15 & 22

What: For the kiddos, Parsons Farm Produce delivers year after year with their annual Fall Fest. Unfortunately, Mother Nature got in the way this year, derailing the annual event…but don’t fret just yet, while they won’t be rescheduling, there are still plenty of chances to load up on pumpkins and fall favorites at Parson Farms’ Trunk or Treat at the Farm (Oct. 22). Enjoy trick-or-treating (farm-style) with the goats all dressed up and ready to pass out candy (yes, for real).

Hello Autumn! Enjoying Fall in Southern Delaware

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

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Brrrr, there has definitely been a chill in the air lately, and while it has been fall for several weeks now, this is the first week that autumn is starting to show her true colors. Pumpkins, mums, the seasonal wardrobe change, and the stress of selecting the perfect Halloween costumes are just a few of the harbingers of the fall season, but there’s also the fall festivals to consider! From the Sea Witch Festival to Apple-Scrapple and everything in between, fall is the perfect time of year to explore Delaware.

Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival

When: Saturday, October 8, 12pm-4pm

Where: Independence Hall 23767 Samuel Adams Circle, Millsboro DE

First on the agenda is the 2nd Annual SoDel Fest! Benefitting Children & Families First, The Food Bank of Delaware and Rotary’s End Polio Now Campaign, the full-day event features 18 of the best local restaurants paired with 40 wines, craft spirits, and beers. On top of all that delicious fun, there’s an epic lineup of musical entertainment. Good eats, lively libations, and local music? Sure seems like a perfect way to welcome the fall season!

Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers Festival

When: Friday, October 28- Sunday, October 30

Where: Downtown Rehoboth Beach, DE (various locations)

It’s the 27th year for the annual Sea Witch Festival and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year’s festivities. Rehoboth Beach turns into Halloween headquarters for three-full days, with costume parades (and that includes a costume pet parade too my friends), an incredible array of activities for the kids, crafts & merchandise, food vendors, and more, including the fiddler’s convention! This is definitely an event that caters to all ages.

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

When: Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, October 16

Where: Rehoboth Beach, DE (various locations)

For music lovers, the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival is a must. For four days, artists from around the world will converge on our resort beach town. Now in its 27th year, the festival just gets better and better with each passing year. This year’s Artist of the Year will be international artist Patti Austin.

Apple-Scrapple Festival

When: Friday, October 14 (opens 4pm) & Saturday, October 15 (open at 9am)

Where: Downtown Bridgeville, DE

For you Delaware-newbies, you might not be familiar with the ever-popular breakfast meat that is a staple around these parts. You also might not be aware that one of the more popular brands, RAPA, got its start in Bridgeville, Delaware in 1926. 25 years ago, the town decided to launch a small festival in honor of their two mainstays, scrapple and apples, and what started as just a few hundred attendees has blossomed into an annual attendance of 25,000! Expect lots of delicious local fare (don’t worry there’s more than apples and scrapple if that’s not your forte), rides, games, and streets jam-packed with over 500 local vendors.

Punkin Chunkin

When: November 4, 5, & 6 (8am each day)

Where: 18598 Rd 591, Bridgeville, DE 19933

The chunk returns! After taking a brief hiatus, Punkin Chunkin will return to Bridgeville this year. Arguably one of the more unique events you will ever attend, expect to see LOTS of pumpkins flying through the air at high speeds. Competitors from all around the world attend the annual event, in hopes that their trebuchets, catapults, or air cannons will yield the most power and distance. In addition to the famous chunkin’ of punkins’ you can also enjoy the Chili Cookoff, Punkin Cookin’ Cookoff, and Punkin Chunkin Pageant.

We’ve only just scratched the surface on fall fun in our area, but this should get you well on your way to exploring the tastes, sights, and sounds of our beautiful state. Get outside and enjoy it, before old man winter arrives in town to put a damper on the fun…

Retire in Delaware: Discovering Delaware’s Active Lifestyle

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

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For those of you not familiar with the 1st State, you might be thinking, what the heck am I going to do when I retire in Delaware!? Dela…WHERE?? The answer is…plenty!! Between the outdoor adventures that await, the active communities to discover, the small towns to explore, and the vibrant array of events to attend, you’ll find that you won’t need to escape to the big city you once gravitated towards (although with an easy drive to the East Coast’s major metropolitan regions, you still can!).

Eat Your Heart Out

Not literally of course, but with an endless supply of restaurants in Bethany, Rehoboth and Lewes, you could dine out every night of the week for a year and still find yourself discovering new hidden gems. The SoDel Concepts Restaurants alone will keep your dining card full. Whether you’re a vegetarian, pescatarian, lacto-ovo-tarian, or a true-blue meat and potatoes guy (or gal), there’s a restaurant for you.

Wine and Beer, Oh My!

For the wine lover and craft beer enthusiast, Delaware offers an eclectic mix of wineries, wine bars, and local craft breweries, each accompanied by tours, festivals and events. The Delaware Beer, Wine & Spirits Trail is an excellent option as well, with a collection of over 20 breweries, wineries, distilleries, cideries and meaderies to explore.  Most notable of course is Dogfish Head (which includes the brewery, brewpub, and a downright charming motel), but there are well over a dozen breweries to discover, including Crooked Hammock Brewery, Dewey Beer Company, and Big Oyster Brewery.

Culture Abounds

Beyond food and beverages (although let’s face it, we stay plenty busy with these cultural staples alone), Delaware also boasts vibrant festivals. Top festivals include the Sea Witch, Lewes Tulip Festival, Winterthur Point-to-Point, Mid-Atlantic Sea-Glass & Coastal Arts Festival, and the Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival (if you’ve never tried scrapple, well, welcome to Delaware!). There’s also the Rehoboth Beach Film Festival, held each fall and boasting a full week of independent films. New this year, – and promising to become a fast favorite for the holiday lovers – is Winter Wonderfest in Lewes.

Amenity-Rich Communities

Phew, tired yet! If you enjoy staying closer to home, our communities do the social work for you. Clubhouses, pools, fitness centers, golf courses, indoor & outdoor pools, dog parks, walking trails, private beaches & piers, wave pools, happy hours & dining, community gardens, tennis & basketball courts…yep, just a few of the amenities that will be just outside your door. Independence, our premier 55+ community, redefines ‘active retirement’ with game nights, billiards club, yoga classes, garden club, line dancing, Tai Chi, happy hours, and water aerobics. We often hear that neighbors quickly become friends in our communities, and with so much happening, it’s no wonder!

Local’s Summer: Life at the Delaware Beaches in September

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

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The end of summer is always a bittersweet time when you live at the beach. The first sign of ‘Back to School’ commercials sends a chill down the spine, the slightest decrease in temperatures evokes flashbacks of the coldest day of the previous winter, and the smell of a campfire has you thinking fall bonfires rather than summer BBQs.

For many of us, panic ensues: What happened to summer? How did it pass by so quickly? I’m NOT READY FOR WINTER! The good news is the end of summer also marks the beginning of something fantastic. Arguably the best time of year at the Delaware beaches, we’re talking about the month of September, a.k.a the Local’s Summer.

What is the Local’s Summer?

We love the tourists that flock to Coastal Delaware year after year, but by the end of August, we’re ready for a reprieve from the crowds…and the traffic. Post-Labor Day, the beaches, bays, boardwalks and parks clear out, providing locals (and visitors too!) with the chance to get out and enjoy everything that we love about living at the Delaware Beaches. Parking is a breeze, nabbing a spot at your favorite bar is notably easier, and a peaceful moment on the beach is more commonplace than it is rare. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the Local’s Summer at its finest.

Why Love September?

As long as Mother Nature plays nice and keeps hurricanes and tropical storms at bay, September is best known for her glorious weather. By September the heat has finally broken, allowing us to get back outside without fear of sweating through our clothes or legitimately suffering a heatstroke. It affords us with the chance to enjoy our local parks and hiking trails, but it is also the best time of year to dive in to the (now warmer) ocean. Seafood lovers, you’ll be glad to know that September is the best month for a crab feast, with crabs hitting their peak size in September. That’s right, September and October are prime pickin’ time for Maryland blue crabs!

Top 3 September Activities

  1. Wine and Dine: It’s easy for summer to fly right past you without taking advantage of dining al fresco at some of your favorite spots. Rooftop dining at The Culture Pearl in Rehoboth, boozy happy hours at Mango’s in Bethany, margaritas and tacos at Papa Grande’s in Fenwick. Pick your poison and enjoy!
  2. Outdoor Adventures: Alright so you invested in a paddleboard this summer and have only used it a handful of times. It happens. Take advantage of fall and hit the bays for a peaceful and downright beautiful September outing. Our own recent adventures at Bayfront at Rehoboth with Delaware Board Sport Adventures was an excellent reminder of how perfect our area is for paddleboarding.
  3. Tour Your Local Towns: Lewes, Bethany Beach, Fenwick, Rehoboth Beach…September is the perfect time to get out and discover (or re-discover) our local towns, be it through an organized walking or trolley tour, or through your own wanderings. Lewes offers a variety of tours, including the Lewes Historic Trolley Tour, Life in Lewes Tour, and Lewes Legends Tour. Foodies, you’ll be glad to know that the Eating Rehoboth walking food tours run through November.

Brace Yourselves, Winter is Coming…

Ok, so once summer officially ends on September 22, we can start to panic about the impending winter, right? Wrong again! Fall is fabulous in her own right, with local festivals to look forward to like the annual Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach. And yes, winter is coming…eventually…but for now let’s revel in the glory of September and gear ourselves up for a fantastic fall filled with festivals, football, and fun.

 

And remember, summer never ends when you live at the beach!

Retire in Delaware: Location, Location, Location

By Ali Baker, in All Communities

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Summer never ends at the beach, and neither does the good life, which is why year after year, retirees choose Delaware. When you retire in Delaware, you secure more than just a slice of the pie, you get the whole thing! It truly is the best of both worlds here in Sussex County, with scenic coastal towns like Fenwick Island, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach guaranteed to lure you in after just one visit.

With so many reasons to Love DE for your retirement years, we decided to start a series of blog posts dedicated to highlighting the many reasons that Southern Delaware is a retirement oasis. First up? Location, location, location:

Natural Beauty of Southern Delaware

Dedicate a day to exploring Southern Delaware and you’ll find yourself immersed in the natural beauty of our fair state. Country roads, lush farmlands, pristine beaches, countless hiking trails…the list of natural wonders goes on and on. The local landscape also gives way to an active lifestyle, with ample opportunities for bicycling, kayaking, paddleboarding, and hiking, to name a few.

Weather Wonderland

You may not immediately think ‘beautiful weather’ when you hear the word ‘Delaware’ but the truth is we have near-perfect weather here in the First State! At Schell Brothers, we like to say that summer never ends when you live at the beach, and we mean it! Summertime offers beach-friendly weather every day, but all year long our local beaches are ideal for a long walk or a peaceful reprieve. Fall is the local’s favorite time of year, as the summer traffic has subsided and the weather is absolute perfection. Winter brings cold temperatures to the Mid-Atlantic region, but it’s paradise compared to the heavy snowfall and cold temperatures of New England. By spring, you’ll be back outdoors enjoying the natural beauty that our area offers!

Waterworld

If you’ve always dreamed of a life at the beach, than retiring in Delaware is the place for you! Of course the entire East Coast boasts beautiful beaches, but coupled with the charm of our local towns and the amenities of our resort-like communities, we would safely argue that life at the Delaware beaches simply can’t be beat. In addition to the 26 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, there’s also 25 miles of Delaware Bay coastline to enjoy, along with 115 miles of inland bay shoreline. All of that water makes for plenty of outdoor adventures, along with absolutely stunning sunrises and sunsets.

Central Access  

The common paradox of retirement is wanting to escape the hustle and bustle while still having access to cultural centers, family and friends. Enter, life in Delaware. For starters, we are conveniently located just a few hours from the major metropolitan areas of the Northeast, including Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York City. We’ve also found that many local retirees that relocate from the Northeast love that they are still within driving distance from family and friends, rather than a plane-ride away.

Stay tuned for our next Retire in Delaware installment, which will highlight the tax benefits (cha-ching!) of Delaware living.